Throw out the window any preconceptions you may have of Rosie’s Bar & Grill in Wilton Manors (Fort Lauderdale). A self-proclaimed gay restaurant & bar, Rosie’s serves up an incredible “big & fluffy” brunch every Sunday, and award winning burgers (Riverwalk Burger Battle™ Judge’s Trophy, 2x Best Bar & Grill Burger, Burger Nirvana and Fan Favorite) all day, every day . We recently met with owners John Zieba and Cliff Mulcahy to get the lowdown on their inventive Sunday Brunch. Trust me, you will love their big welcome, friendly service and creative fare.
Behind the scenes, creative force Kris Chochrek is one hell of a chef. She has been a staple of the team at Rosie’s for 7 1/2 years and her signature style can be seen throughout the fresh, cooked-to-order brunch menu. Chef Kris enjoys her life in the culinary world, even though that means getting up at 4:30am to prepare her die-hard customers their daily meals. We tasted her passion in all the dishes we devoured! Armed with my Belle Boys and culinary photographer, Jason Leidy of MRA Photography, we jumped right in!
As we parked, we could hear Cool Jazz coming from the DJ on the Patio. It was a breezy morning so we decided to sit outside, under colorful lanterns and umbrellas. Brunch started with Bloody Marys and the playful Fat Elvis, a big, ripe banana smothered in crunchy peanut butter, and stuffed into Challah bread… then soaked in Rosie’s delicious French toast mix, coated with corn flakes and deep fried ‘til crunchy. OMG. Sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy, all in one bite!
For our next dish, we went south of the border with the Tortilla Stack Attack. Crispy flour tortillas, layered with black beans, tomatillo salsa verde, fresh tomato salsa, 2 fried eggs, sour cream, cilantro, fried jalapeños, Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and fresh avocado. A taste explosion, fresh and unbelievably light.
We’ve had breakfast for dinner, but never dessert for breakfast until now! The Double Decker Banana Cream Pie (our favorite) is made with fresh, homemade and oh so silky banana cream and sliced bananas stuffed between 2 big Belgian waffles, and topped with fresh whipped cream. Pure Vermont maple syrup is an option, but not really necessary. As one of my Belle Boys put it “I could wake up to this every day.” Enough said.
The Cheeseburger Omelet aka The Rosie’s “Whopper” is deliciously seasoned Angus ground chuck, both Jack and Cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato, red onion, ketchup, and of course, pickles! Served with crunchy red potato nuggets, this will satisfy any burger lover’s craving and earned a place in Burger Belle’s ❤.
Miss Truvy’s Deep-Dish Southern-Style Not-So-French Toast is a chunky wedge of Rosie’s down-home version of French toast, topped with a crunchy pecan praline glaze, and baked until gold-n-bubbly. Sweet. Sweeter. Sweetest. Bread pudding on steroids. Decadent. Truly decadent. Got it?
Back to savory with the Not Crab with a ‘K’ Big ‘Dict. This is Eggs Benedict Rosie’s style: a big, golden, flaky, buttery biscuit topped with a large helping of pan-seared blue crab cakes on a bed of sautéed spinach. Topped with perfectly poached eggs and fresh homemade herb hollandaise sauce. We’ll take these crabs any day! Crab-tastic.
Breakfast was not all sugar and carbs. We tried the Le Fancy Fruit Parfait (that’s French for a fancy fruit parfait), a layered delight with vanilla bean yogurt, fresh ripened strawberries, blueberries, and homemade crunchy granola. A burst of rich flavors. Healthy too, as if that matters.
We ended with the incredible S’Mores Pancakes, loaded with chocolate chips, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and drizzled with chocolate ganache. A perfect ending to a perfect brunch. If that’s not enough, we saw several other items to try on our next visit. Another round of Bloody Marys please.
So, if you are craving a fresh, home cooked-to-order breakfast, head to Wilton Manors any Sunday and prepare to be wowed. But, get there early. The secret’s out about Rosie’s Sunday Brunch and we wouldn’t want you to have to wait for your Fat Elvis.